Unbelievable testimony from a court-appointed psychologist who states rampage killer and rapist Brian Nichols killed a court reporter because she baked cookies and brownies for his jury during his rape trial.

Nichols was convicted of four murders and other charges during a rampage that began on March 11, 2005 when the madman overpowered a lone female guard in a block of cells at the Fulton county courthouse during his rape trial. Nichols was charged with raping an ex-girlfriend and holding her hostage for days in her apartment in August of 2004.

T.I. helped to feed the hungry at the Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry and Homeless event in Atlanta yesterday. Joining T.I. to help serve was Real Housewives' Lisa Wu Hartwell, her husband Ed Hartwell and Lisa's sons with Keith Sweat, Justin and Jordan.  Photos by Freddy O (3)

Barack Obama (C) and his wife Michelle (2nd L) and their daughters Malia (3rd L) and Sasha (3rd L), surprised south side residents with a surprise visit to St. Columbanus Parish and School in Chicago, Illinois, November 26, 2008.

Photos: Getty Images (7)

Singer says she's a "warrior" in her battle against hepatitis C.

Eight-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole, 58, hasn't thrown in the towel on her career. In fact, she's giving life everything she has. The acclaimed singer "gets real" with Jet magazine and opens up about being diagnosed with hepatitis C as well as how she's coping with kidney failure. "I hope nobody I know gets it. I hope they find a cure," she said.

Despite her illness, Cole says she still wants to look her best at all times. "Honey, I can't be looking sick and be looking bad. Some things are not acceptable. You got to roll with it," she said, while laughing. (p. 44)

The Dec. 8, 2008 issue of JET MAGAZINE is on sale Monday, DEC. 1, 2008

Source: Chelsea Stalling | EBONY magazine

Enjoy these photos of producer Polow Da Don and his Zone 4 family: Keri Hilson and Rich Boy, who donated their time, money and free turkeys to needy families yesterday in the Swats.

Children were treated to pony rides, a carnival and games.

I know most of my readers have already headed home to start their Thanksgiving holiday weekend. So to the rest of you, Happy Thanksgiving! :)

If you're driving or flying, please be safe. Remember to eat healthy, drink wisely and we'll see you back here on Monday! :)

Photos by Freddy O

[EDITED: Nov. 26, 2008 3:42 PM to correct spelling of Shawnna's name (again)]

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We interrupt our pre-Thanksgiving Day posts to bring you this important post for the fellas:

Remember when Ludacris dumped all of his artists awhile back? Well, he kept Shawnna, the First Lady of DTP -- and we can see why.

Shawnna and her ample assets upstaged and rang rings around her boss Luda during his gig at the Highline Ballroom in NYC last night. Brown Sugar got it going on! Check out the seductive action at the 5:31 mark.

Peep more clips from Luda's show featuring T-Pain at the Highline Ballroom courtesy of loyal reader Jeorgina! I agree with Jeorgina, T-Pain should never try to sing without his vocoder.

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Dimewars.com got footage of rapper T.I. motivating the youth at the Camp Creek YMCA yesterday -- the day after the chaos at the Dirty Awards.

T.I. also handed out free turkeys yesterday. Tomorrow T.I. will help serve food at the Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry and Homeless annual Thanksgiving Day event. Also tomorrow, T.I. will join the Hawks (or the Braves, I forget) for their Thanksgiving event.

Thanks to Iziah for the tip!

Gabrielle Union sat down with the Boots Girls recently while in Chicago for a charity event.

The girls asked Gabby about her BFF Beyonce and here is what Gabby said:

Beyonce and I have been friends since we were teenagers. We go to the same hairstylist now and you know how those bonds are! B is such a polite, nurturing person and a joy to work with. It’s easy to work with her because she is a good friend of mine.

But how can that be? Isn't Gabrielle Union 36 years old? That would make her a full nine years older than Beyonce. So how could they be friends since they were teenagers -- unless one of them is lying about her age?

Gabby just added fuel to the rumors that Beyonce is lying about her age. I'm going to rely on my good source inside Bey's camp who tells me that Bey's real age is 35.

Kudos to loyal reader Linda London for the tip!

I love Qaadir, aka Timaya. She keeps it so real.

We all know the show was scripted -- especially NeNe's parts. But Sheree was Sheree. There was nothing scripted about her scenes. She really is a mess! You saw how she turned on NeNe during the show? Well, how about they are now best friends because Sheree turned on Kim after the cameras stopped rolling! Sheree put on for the cameras and Kim's dumb azz fell for it!

As you know the Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion Show airs tonight on Bravo. Those who worked on the show have already seen it. The rest of us addicts are preparing for tonight like it's the Superbowl! All I want to see is Lisa Wu throw down on Kim because I heard Miss Lisa Wu is a psycho mess! But I still won't believe it until I see it for myself.

18-year-old Cherron Patterson and her 15-year-old boyfriend -- both high school students -- are charged in the beating death of Patterson's toddler.

The autopsy on 20-month-old Imani Jennings shows old injuries and scars on her body, proving there was an ongoing pattern of abuse.

Jennings was beaten to death Friday. Police say her mother's boyfriend, Anthony Weakfall, 15, hit the girl with a metal rod, cable wire, a metal spring and his bare hand for an hour after she urinated on the floor Friday morning. She was beaten until she was unrecognizable. He then left for school.

Police say Patterson and Weakfall returned from school that day to find the child's lifeless body. Patterson then called 911 from a neighbor's home.

After questioning, investigators determined for the last two weeks Patterson and her boyfriend Weakfall had been leaving the child home alone with only a bowl of chicken nuggets and a glass of milk. The pair also admitted to beating the child as a form of discipline when she would have an accident.

After four full days, investigators continue to collect evidence inside the Fage Avenue home.

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I don't get it... I thought Barack Obama winning the election was supposed to bring the country together and unify the races?

Could someone send a memo to this guy and tell him to get with the program?

Thanks to loyal reader Sharon for the pics!

Rapper John Forte is one of 16 people to receive a pardon or reduced sentence from George Bush before he leaves office January 20, 2009.

Forte, 33, a first-time offender, was convicted of possessing the 31 pounds of cocaine with intent to distribute and was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years at Fort Dix, N.J. (Forte's Web site)

With the commutation, Forte will be released Dec. 22, after serving just over seven years. He still faces five years of supervised probation.

Among vocal advocates on Forte's behalf have been singer Carly Simon, along with her son James, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

"Now is the perfect opportunity for John to be given the chance to provide positive benefits to society through his considerable musical talents," Hatch wrote to Bush in a January 2007 letter. Source

Thanks to loyal readers LAA'IQA and Sybil!

Royal couple Li'l Scrappy and Diamond look so cute together. I'm invited to their wedding so stay tuned for those pics!

Rapper Shawty Lo with his baby mama and daughter

Rapper Common and singer Monica

I didn't even recognize ex-Danity Kane member D. Woods. I actually love her outfit. It's not too revealing and she mixes a little couture in with that courtesan flavor.

PR Diva Tahira J. Wright, who made all of these pictures possible

Photos by Freddy O

[EDITED: Nov. 26, 2008 12:51 PM]

Shawty Lo posed with his daughter and T.I. performed with his artist Young Dro shortly before the 2008 Dirty Awards was halted by violence last night.

Grand Hustle rappers Big Kuntry King and Alfa Mega were among those arrested after police shut down the 2008 Dirty Awards at the Georgia International Congress Center.

Digital Soul/Radio One captured the fisticuffs between members of T.I.'s camp and Shawty Lo following Shawty Lo's performance.

Photos: Wireimage/Getty

Video spotted at FreddyO.com

Sandrarose.com community member Dblaq wrote this comment in response to my post on the violence that marred the 2008 Dirty Awards last night.

Dblaq is an industry veteran who has worked with many of today's artists. In addition to owning his own modeling agency, radio station (e411 Radio), and specializing in web developing and graphic design, he also manages Mz. Kitti of XM Satellite Radio 66, one of the hottest radio personalities in the country.

In his spare time, Dblaq runs a yearly Camp in the Bay Area where NFL players and coaches take time out of their busy schedules to mentor and teach 200 kids the game of football.

For more info, check out Dblaq's Myspace page

November 24th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

dblaq Says:

I worked with the Dirty Awards when Marsha [Meadows] was in charge. She created it. What really pissed me off as with all the other Ghetto ass Hip Hop awards shows is the lack of respect.

I remember where we all artists, nominees, etc. had to sign agreements that there won’t be any weapons, weed, cussing, etc. Marsha asked everybody to be on good behavior because they were giving the tickets away to the general public and there were kids in the audience and they suppose to tape the show for DVD and TV show.

However, the first asshole, Big Boi, went on stage and said, "I am going to Strokers to look at some Pu$$y," as he got his award and he said it more than twice. Then everybody just started cussing, Gorilla Zoe ramble some ish as the new BNDH member “F**K with me or F**k you”. In the front, all the artists started smoking weed. I went to the bathroom people were getting arrested in the bathroom.

I say this, I am by no way squeaky clean, but I have respect for people especially when they are trying to do something positive for us. Marsha spent a lot of energy in creating these awards every year for the same assholes that disrespected the show and her by not following the stipulations. She put them in place not to be a square but to respect the children and parents. They have sponsors that endorse the awards so that they can happen. We brought Hip Hop so far, where it created a billion dollar empire and it was used everywhere, NOW they managed to discredit and destroy 20 years of work by primitive and ignorant behavior. If you are claiming your hood, you a killer, sell drugs, stay your ass in the hood and kill ya self. Don’t f*ck it up for those that eat from this business because we live, breathe and sleep this business and trying to excel and build a reputable name so that it can be passed down.

I own a web development company as well and I CAN’T even show our portfolio of a lot of HIp HOp projects because they will reject us as a candidate because of our involvement. Now we can’t get the same sponsors, advertisers and supporter that we have gotten in the past because of our Hip Hop involvement. We have to create 2 totally separate brand and images for corporate and for entertainment which we never had to do. So yeah this whole thing is bullshyt.

Monica and Trina at the Dirty Awards last night

From left: Shavon (College Hill ATL), Rapper Diamond with her makeup artist Jai Jai (Dream Face) in the rear

Rapper Trina looking very regal at the Dirty Awards

The Royal couple, Rocko and Monica

Young Dro and Li'l Scrappy are Fresh and Clean

Mr. Shad Moss

A smartly dressed Yung Jock and always elegant Monica

They should have known not to invite Shawty Lo

Rap legend Doug E. Fresh made his entrance

Trey Songz

Photos by Freddy O

Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 11:02PM EST
From: daricanchulo@yahoo.com
To: sandra@sandrarose.com
Subject: Beyonce steals again!!! (Proof Inside)

Hi Sandra,

I'll start off by admitting that I am a fan of Beyonce's work. But as of lately, I've noticed that her originality is gradually fading.. Her performance at the American Music Awards most recently caught my attention. Through out her "Single Ladies" performance, I couldn't help but notice that her dramatic dances, movements and animated facial expressions were easily influenced by performers in the gay ball room scene. But at the end of the performance, Beyonce blatantly ripped off the trademark "ponytail grip" that legendary ballroom performer Leyomi Mizrahi is known for. Beyonce actually channeled many different Leyomi elements during her performance. If you take a look at the YouTube clips below, you'll clearly see what I'm talking about.




P.S. I'm not a hater. I love Beyonce. I just wish that she would be more original nowadays.


The 4th Annual Dirty Awards ended abruptly tonight when violence erupted at the Georgia International Congress Center near downtown Atlanta.

The 2008 Dirty Awards presented by Radio One's HOT 107.9, started off without a hitch tonight as rap stars T.I., Ludacris, Rick Ross, Trina, Rocko and singer Monica, Diamond & Li'l Scrappy, Common, and others walked the red carpet.

My spies tell me T.I. and Shawty Lo showed a unified front backstage before the event. The two rappers even took pictures together.

But problems began during Shawty Lo's performance when he asserted his ownership of the South. Next thing you know, a chair flew onstage and police rushed forward to restore order.

T.I. promoted non-violence and Peace during his performance. He ended his speech with, "AND YOU KNOW BANKHEAD RUNS THIS!" Just then, Shawty Lo's crew rushed the stage and fists flew. Attendees jumped on top of tables to avoid small fights that broke out near the stage.

According to sources, the police pepper sprayed bloodied Grand Hustle rapper Alfa Mega in order to subdue him. The thick clouds of mace sent guests running to the exits.

This is a developing story...

Barack Obama has yet to attend church since winning the election on Nov. 4.

On the three Sundays since his election, Obama has instead used his free time to get in workouts at a Chicago gym.

Asked about the president-elect's decision to not attend church, a transition aide noted that the Obamas valued their faith experience in Chicago but were concerned about the impact their large retinue may have on other parishioners.

"Because they have a great deal of respect for places of worship, they do not want to draw unwelcome or inappropriate attention to a church not used to the attention their attendance would draw," said the aide.

Both President-elect George W. Bush and President-elect Bill Clinton managed to attend church in the weeks after they were elected. Source

Rumor has it that Obama very rarely attended Rev. Wright's church either, which would explain why he never heard Wright make any controversial statements.

Photo: Reuters

A packed house turned out for Ludacris' album release party at the Velvet Room in Tucker, GA last night. Luda didn't give away any cars or make it rain, but fans were happy just to see him.

Luda doesn't get to spend much time in the 'A' anymore due to his hectic film schedule. Luda's a wanted man in Hollywood!

"I wanted an album where you could listen to it from beginning to end and it would put you in an imaginative state," said Luda about Theater of the Mind, in stores today.

Rappers Young Jeezy and Bow Wow were in the house to support their homeboy Luda.

Young Jeezy

Luda and Bow Wow exchanged congrats

Photos by Freddy O

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First and foremost, congrats again to Bow Wow! (Call me, Teresa!) :)

Oh, just to save you some time, Karrine Steffans just keeps the drama going in this video because that's what insignificant people do when they have nothing else going for them.

Anyway, did you hear 50 Cent interviewing Bow Wow on his Shade 45 show on XM radio last night? Fiddy was hilarious! He kept clowning Shad, talking over him and wouldn't let him say his piece. You recall that Bow Wow used to shag Fiddy's current girl Ciara. You ladies don't know that men gossip worse than females. Some guys are inquisitive and like to ask the chick who was better in bed and whatnot. Fiddy sounded like he was hurt last night. He really sounded like a woman scorned. :)

But Bow Wow held his own despite all the hate from the G Unit crew. Bow Wow said he opened a shoe store in downtown Atlanta called Prestigious (I think). Anyway, Bow Wow is diversifying his portfolio which is very smart thing to do when you're a man in his situation!

Props to Zedi over at Dimewars.com for the video link!

Bob Owens sent the following email to request that I correct some "factual inaccuracies" in my post on automatic weapons this morning.

While his points were duly noted, I informed Mr. Owens that we here at Sandrarose.com tend to infuse a little dry humor into some of our posts. Some readers get the humor, but a lot don't.

I'm still at a loss to understand why people take my blog so seriously. :?

At first I wasn't going to post Mr. Owens' email, but since it contained such interesting information, I decided to post it:

Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 12:26
From: Bob Owens | confederateyankee@gmail.com
To: sandra@sandrarose.com
Subject: Factual inaccuracies in your assault rifles article

Hi Sandra,

My name is Bob Owens, and I own the site you linked to regarding the increase in "assault weapon" sales. I was hoping that you would update your post to correct some things you got wrong. I ask this as something of an authority on firearms, as a someone who writes about them, who once sold them, and who legally carries one concealed.

    "Assault rifles are the weapons of choice for hired killers, terrorists, the KKK, rappers and other like-minded individuals."

Only in the movies. In the real world, according to FBI statistics, so-called "assault rifles" are very rarely used in crimes. Most crimes are committed with handguns and cut-down shotguns, weapons that can easily be concealed. Loaded "assault rifles" weigh in around 9-12 pounds and are too difficult to conceal.

The people that actually buy the semi-automatic rifles you call "assault rifles" (real military assault weapons having been used in exactly 2 violent crimes since 1934 and one of those was by an Ohio cop) are typically collectors, hunters, and target shooters, with the AR-15 (the look-alike of the military M-16) being very popular target rifles with it's own dedicated shooting competitions. So who are buying these firearms? Generally, most are middle-aged, middle-aged suburban and rural white guys. None have criminal records or they couldn't pass the NICS background check. In short, the people buying them aren't those you should be worried about.

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Denzel Washingon was seen out riding his bike with his handsome daddy in L.A. over the weekend.

Jada Pinkett-Smith is in London, England promoting her new film Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. The movie also stars Chris Rock and Ben Stiller.
Photo: Splash News Online

Sean Combs was spotted at JFK bundled up against the cold NY air wearing a pair of Adidas flip flops and black socks. I have the same pair of flip flops and I kid you not, I was going to wear my flip flops and socks to the mall yesterday in 45 degree weather. But then I decided against it because I didn't want to be the only fool at Lenox mall wearing flip flops in the Winter.

Brothers Chance (left) and Real were spotted leaving a L.A. nightclub with two chicks that they were trying hard to convince they were reality tv stars. It doesn't look like the ladies believe them.

Photos: INF DAILY except where indicated

It isn't like I didn't warn you guys.

Barack Obama surged into the highest office in the land on a wave of lies -- the main one being that he would hike taxes on 5% of the population who made over $250,000. Only the Kool Aid drinkers believed him, and only the Kool aid drinkers will continue to make excuses for him even as he raises their taxes -- which is inevitable:

President-elect Barack Obama may consider delaying a campaign promise - to roll back tax cuts on high-income Americans - as part of his economic recovery strategy, two aides said on Sunday.

David Axelrod, the Obama campaign strategist who was chosen to be a senior White House adviser, was asked if the tax cuts could be allowed to expire on schedule after tax year 2010 rather than being rolled back by legislation earlier. “Those considerations will be made,” he said on "Fox News Sunday." Source

Meanwhile, the federal government has just promised Citibank -- a privately held company -- another $300 BILLION of your tax dollars! We're still awaiting the bailouts for the millions of Americans who have lost their homes or are at risk of losing their homes.

But I guess they don't count.

"Superwoman" was the second single from R&B singer Karyn White's self-titled debut album. Karyn White was the embodiment of the New Jack swing sound originally introduced by Teddy Riley.

Karyn's first album went platinum on the strength of this #1 hit and other stellar tracks such as "Secret Rendezvous" and "The Way You Love Me" -- the latter of which earned her a Grammy nomination.

As you watch the kitchen scene in this video, try to recall where you've seen it before. :)

While shopping at Lenox mall this weekend, I ran into rapper Diamond and her friends Jai Jai (left) and J. Marie (right). The ladies were doing a little shopping of their own in preparation for the Dirty Awards going down tonight in Atlanta.

Oh, you didn't know the Dirty Awards were tonight? I didn't either until Diamond told me. In fact, no one I spoke to yesterday knew the Dirty Awards were tonight. That means Hot 107.9 isn't doing such a hot job getting the word out.

They say Tahira Wright isn't in charge of publicity this year. That would explain it. Tahira is really good at what she does and her PR skills are a direct testament to the success of the Dirty Awards over the years.

Anyway, back to the original topic. Diamond told me her man Li'l Scrappy was also in the mall shopping for something to wear tonight. She gave me a copy of her hot new mixtape Ms. Boojhetto Bitch Musik Vol. 2. I begged the girls to take a picture with Santa Claus, and at first they were open to the suggestion -- until they saw the line. So I snapped a pic of the trio with my new Sidekick LX with the help of Jai Jai, who couldn't believe I didn't know how to take a photo with my cell phone (what professional photographer shoots with a cell phone?)

Jai Jai is a celebrity makeup artist who counts Diamond among her celebrity clientèle. She's also rapper Oowee's baby mama (they could pass for sister and brother). J. Marie is a very soft-spoken model who was in town visiting from St. Louis.

Diamond's solo album is due out in the first quarter of '09.

Diamond's Myspace page
Jai Jai's Myspace page
J. Marie's Myspace page